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Charlotte City Council may change ethics policy

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte City Council members voted Monday night to proceed with talks about how to change the city's ethics policy. The current policy went into effect in May 2010.

Council members on the Governance and Accountability Committee want more checks and balances in the permitting and rezoning process. The federal affidavit against Cannon says he promised to use his influence to get certain projects approved in exchange for payment.

"(The current policy) doesn't have much teeth to it, and my preference is to see us have a stronger code of ethics," said Republican Kenny Smith.

The Committee also wants to establish an employee hotline so unethical or illegal behavior can be reported to the City's Internal Auditor.

"Anything that would make people feel better about the ethics of local government as a whole is a good thing," said Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes.

The Committee would also have the Council review the current ethics policy. Training on the Code of Ethics policy is required of the Mayor and Council members by state law every year.

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